Marquette Catholic High School held its graduation baccalaureate Mass Thursday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Church in Alton.
93 seniors and their parents participated in the hourlong Mass with Marquette Alum Father Bill Kessler celebrating. Students performed songs for the congregation and the Campus Ministry Awards were presented to students by Campus Minister Paula Mattix-Wand. A cake and punch reception was held in Suddes Hall at St. Mary’s following Mass. This was sponsored by the Marquette National Honor Society.
The graduation ceremony for these seniors was held the next night, Friday, May 15, at Hatheway Hall on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College.
Highlights of the two-hour ceremony include speeches by Student Council President Taylor Rook and Senior Class President Ellie Dixon and a senior tribute song performed by Alyssa Herzing, Alex Miller and Sarah Minier. There was also a first showing of the senior video produced by the Marquette Radio Broadcast Class under the direction of Beth DeCourcey.
Richard “Bernie” Sebold from the MCHS Class of 1992 was the keynote speaker. Sebold is the fire chief for the city of Alton and told the students to work hard, keep learning and follow their dreams. He told them there might be roadblocks along the way and sometimes they have to change their route, but they should continue to work hard for what they want out of life.
Many senior academic and service awards were handed out at the graduation ceremony as well as scholarships from community organizations and businesses. Amy Bamper of Edwardsville was presented with the Serviam Award for her years of volunteer service to Marquette through the Explorer Club.
91 of the 93 students in the Marquette Class of 2015 are enrolled in college for the fall. Two students are planning to serve the country in the military. The Class of 2015 performed 16, 820 hours of community service and earned approximately $4.5 million in college scholarships.